August 13, 2023

From the Club Blog
Remembering Past President John Mathers
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Past President John Mathers. John joined Rotary on March 1, 2011 and became our Club's president in 2017-2018. He had served as Club Treasurer before becoming Club President. He was also active on the Board of the San Francisco Rotary Foundation. See 2021 story here. In Rotary District 5150, John had served as Youth Service Chair and Organizational Development Chair. You can read more about John in this 2016 profile
However, John is best known and now remembered for spearheading the Rotary Climate Action Team to raise awareness of the dangerous effects of climate change. His efforts began at the Club level but soon spread Districtwide and worldwide. John touched the life of every Rotarian and human whom he had encountered. 
LUNCHEON MEETING HIGHLIGHTS August 8, 2023: JoEllen Arntz and SMUIN Contemporary Ballet
President Sunny Singh (Financial Services: Advising | PK Wealth Management) called today's meeting to order at 12:17 PM and welcomed those online and those attending in person at the Anzu Restaurant in the Hotel Nikko.
Celebrating an Anniversary
President Sunny congratulated David Dye (Management Consulting | Retired) and Dora Dye (Education: Elementary and Community College | San Francisco and San Mateo Counties) on their 26th wedding anniversary today!
Visiting Rotarian and Guests
We welcomed Paul Vazquez visiting from the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening. Mary Liu (Real Estate: Sales | JM Real Estate Group) introduced our guests from the Academy of Art University: Greg Grundstrom and Paul Yep, who replaced Michael Petricca (Education Management | Retired) at the Academy when Michael retired. Mary also introduced one of our Club's Honorary Members - Dr. Elisa Stephens (Education Management | Academy of Art University). Larry Booth (Engineering: Mechanical | Frank M. Booth, Inc.) introduced his daughter-in-law, Christina, and his granddaughters - Collette, Vivienne, and Gabrielle. Robin Azevedo (Retail: Mattresses | Retired, McRoskey Mattress Company) introduced her granddaughter - Marley. Other in-person guests included Robert Hunter and Hian Jin (aka Stellie Kim). Jennifer Schwartz attended via Zoom. Our speaker today was JoEllen Arntz. 
Help the Victims of the Maui Fires
By now, you have heard the news of the devastating fires in the state of Hawaii. The Island of Maui has been consumed by fire that has destroyed the historic town of Lahaina, claimed the lives of more than 80 people as of today, and displaced thousands more. 
Rotarians are People of Action, and the Rotary Clubs of Hawaii (District 5000) have created the Maui Fires Relief Fund to provide immediate relief and support for the long-term recovery of Maui’s communities. If you are inspired to help our Hawaiian neighbors, please give generously. Let’s Create Hope for Maui. See more information here.
Upcoming Events
No Meeting on August 15, 2023
There is no Rotary Luncheon on August 15, 2023. Please join us on August 17, 2023 for a reception and a night at the theater to watch A Chorus Line. Attendance is capped at 25 people, so buy your ticket early!
Our next Rotary Luncheon will be on August 22, 2023 when our speakers will be three winners of the Miss Indian New Mexico Pageant who will speak on their organization and its mission.
CLUB SOCIAL August 17, 2023: A Chorus Line and Welcome Reception
Enjoy a night at the theater and watch the Broadway classic - A Chorus Line - at the San Francisco Playhouse with the Rotary Club of San Francisco. Before the show, there will be a welcome reception in the Kensington Park Hotel that offers heavy appetizers and drinks. This event is open to all Rotarians, their families, and guests (including prospective members). Attendance is capped at 25 people, so buy your ticket early! THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!
ROTARY LUNCHEON August 22, 2023: Miss Indian New Mexico, Inc
Miss Indian New Mexico, Inc. is a Tribal group that seeks to to protect, revitalize, and educate communities of the diverse cultures of all Tribal Nations in the State of New Mexico. Joining us today to speak on the Mission and Goals of Miss Indian New Mexico, Inc. are three winners of the Miss Indian New Mexico Pageant who are also leaders in their chosen profession.
Welcome to the Club: August 24, 2023

This meet-and-greet is an opportunity for new and prospective members to get better acquainted with each other as well as with a few Club leaders and longer-term members. Hear of service opportunities in our community. Network with leaders in the business community. Learn about Rotary. Light food and refreshments will be provided. Everyone including guests must register.

Club members, RSVP here | Guest RSVP | More info

SERVICE PROJECT August 26, 2023:  Volunteering at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
Join us to assemble and package food for distribution at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. The Food Bank continues to need your helping hands. Register early as the number of volunteers is limited to 10 for safety reasons. 
SERVICE PROJECT August 30, 2023: Diaper Bag Assembly and Tour at Homeless Prenatal Program
Join us at this service opportunity to stuff diaper bags and organize diapers and wipes for giveaway to clients of the Homeless Prenatal Program. Afterwards, we will enjoy a brief tour of the facility to better understand HPP and what it does for our community. Event is limited to 12 people.
No Meeting on September 5, 2023
In honor of the Labor Day holiday weekend, there is no Rotary Luncheon on September 5, 2023. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023.
Baby Showers for Homeless Prenatal Program: September 6, 2023
Join us at one or both of the Baby Showers at the Homeless Prenatal Program where we will give expectant mothers diaper bags filled with supplies. The party for Spanish speakers starts at 10 AM; the party for English speakers starts at 1 PM. Registration is limited to two Rotarians at each shower. 
ROTARY LUNCHEON September 12, 2023: The Hong Kong Advantage: Understanding Hong Kong's Competitive Edge and Latest Strategic Initiatives
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office's mission is to broaden Hong Kong's economic relations with the 19 western states, by enhancing free trade policy and its two-way platform for overseas companies to access the China market and for Chinese companies to go global. Director Jacko Tsang will join us to present an overview of Hong Kong's advantages and latest initiatives in selected areas.
CLUB SOCIAL September 14, 2023: Rooftop Happy Hour in Downtown San Francisco
Celebrate the end of summer at an outdoor rooftop party! This event is open to all Club Rotarians, their families, and guests (including prospective members). Attendance is capped at 35 people, so buy your ticket early! Free tickets to two volunteers.
DEI EVENT September 17, 2023: Rotary DEI Film Festival Presents Loving
Our Club’s DEI Committee is pleased to present the screening of Loving. This film is rated PG and based on the true story of a couple whose arrest in Virginia began a legal battle that led to the U.S. Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision legalizing interracial marriage. This event is open to members, prospective members, their friends, and family.